Start your career in corrections law enforcement as a Correctional Deputy I. The County of Sonoma’s New Generation/Direct Supervision Jail Facility has replaced the harsh environment of the traditional jail style. As a result, the Sheriff’s Office is eager to recruit and develop professional correctional staff who have exceptional interpersonal skills, and the ability to exercise a solid management-style approach to working with inmates. The most successful and qualified Correctional Deputy candidates are those who demonstrate excellent communication skills and can maintain patience and professionalism in times of emergency.
The challenges you face as a Correctional Deputy will provide you with a rewarding sense of purpose and fulfillment. The supervision of inmates is a 24/7 responsibility. Work shifts are 8, 10, or 12 hours, include weekends and holidays, and new Deputies must have the flexibility to work all shifts (days, swings, graves). Overtime is a requirement for Correctional Deputies. With experience and seniority, opportunities to select different work shifts and/or specialty assignments become available. There are also a variety of specialty assignments available in the Sheriff’s Office, assigned on a “most qualified” basis, which may be entitled to premium pay.
As a Correctional Deputy I you will receive thorough training, close oversight, and the mentorship of experienced Deputies. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office training program provides exposure to a variety of correctional functions, including inmate booking, general population security, protective custody, and the medical withdrawal and mental health units. To excel in these training areas, you must have the ability to exercise quick and sound judgment, patience, and be able to work effectively in sometimes stressful situations. After one year, Correctional Deputy I’s are expected to possess the knowledge and abilities required for promotion to Correctional Deputy II. The Correctional Deputy II position pays up to $79,665 a year, not including overtime.